ACHA Officers and Officials
Richard Gribble, C.S.C., President (2018)
- Interests: U.S. Catholic history in the 20th century, especially immigration, Catholic higher education, and religious life.
- Recent Publications: Father of the Fatherless: The Authorized Biography of Father Nelson Baker, Paulist Press 2011; Navy Priest: The Life of Captain Jake Laboon, SJ The Catholic University of America Press, 2015.
Kathleen Holscher, Vice President (2018)
University of New Mexico
- Research Interests: Catholicism and U.S. law; Catholicism, race, and colonialism; Catholicism in the American West / U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; Catholic women religious.
- Notable Publications: “Lay Workers in the Rural Churches of New Mexico: Vatican II, Memory, and Ministry,” in Catholics in the Vatican II Era: Local Histories of a Global Event, eds. Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Timothy Matovina, Robert Orsi (Cambridge University Press, 2017); Religious Lessons: Catholics Sisters and the Captured Schools Crisis in New Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Charles Strauss, Executive Secretary-Treasurer (2018-present)
Assistant Professor of History, Mount St. Mary’s University
- Research Interests: U.S. in the World, U.S. Religious History, Global Catholicism, South Africa, Central America
Augustine Curley (2015-18)
St. Benedict’s Abbey, Newark, NJ
- Research interests: American Church History, specifically the Catholic Church in New Jersey, anti-Catholicism, the Irish in America, and Benedictine history.
- Most significant work: Augustine’s Critique of Skepticism: A Study of Contra Academicos (Peter Lang, 1996).
- Most recent publication: “The Irish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark,” in Marta Deyrup and Maura Grace Harrington, eds., The Irish American Experience in New Jersey and Metropolitan New York: Cultural Identity, Hybridity, and Commemoration (New York: Lexington Books, 2013).
A. Katie Harris (2015-18)
University of California, Davis
- Research interests: Early modern Spain and Spanish world; cult of saints
Most recent publications: “An immense structure of errors”: Dionisio Bonfant, Lucas Holstenius, and the Writing of Sacred History in Seventeenth-Century Sardinia,” in The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press); “Gift, Sale, and Theft: Juan de Ribera and the Sacred Economy of Relics in the Early Modern Mediterranean,” Journal of Early Modern History 18 (2014): 1-34.
Martin Menke (2016-2019)
- Research Interests:
20th-century German political Catholicism, Modern Germany, nationalism and religion.
- Most Recent Publication: “Multiple Caesars? Germany, Bavaria, and German Catholics in the Interwar Period,” in Beyond the Borders of Baptism: Catholicity, Allegiances, and Lived Identities, ed. Michael L. Budde, Eugene: Cascade Books, 2016.
David Endres (2016-2019)
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West
- Research Interests: U.S. Catholicism; 19th and 20th century history of Catholic ethnics, priesthood/religious life, missionary work, and devotionalism.
- Most Recent Publication: “God’s Beggar and Builder: Father Francis Koch, OFM, and the Growth of the Church in Northern New Jersey,” in Essays on New Jersey Catholic History: In Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Founding of the New Jersey Colony (New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission, 2016).
Jeffrey Burns (2017-2020)
University of San Diego
Marian J. Barber (2017-2020)
Catholic Archives of Texas
- Research Interests: Immigration, race and ethnicity, borderlands, women’s religious communities, Catholic laywomen.
- Most Recent Publication: “Holy Cross Hospital, Austin: The Birth, Good Life, and Death of a Community Resource,” Catholic Southwest, A Journal of History and Culture 25 (2014): 60-76
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Past President (2017)
Director, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame
- Research Interests: U.S. Catholicism, Women and American Religion, Gilded Age/Progressive Era, Immigration
- Notable Publication: New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholic Identity in the Progressive Era. (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).
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